British sensation Emma Raducanu is prepared for her first clay-court season as she competes at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix this week, but the tennis star set social media ablaze when she took to the practice courts in Stuttgart donning a personalized Tottenham Hotspurs kit.
"My whole team basically are big Spurs fans and I feel like they're egging me on," Raducanu told reporters at Media Day in Stuttgart. "They're desperately trying to get me behind them. I don't necessarily follow football so much, but I feel like now because of them I'm feeling some sort of connection.
"I loved following the Euros last year and watching Harry Kane, who's obviously the England captain, and Son, I'm a big fan of him as well. So yeah, I like to dabble."
The reigning US Open champion earned her first pro-level win on clay over the weekend, where she made her Billie Jean King Cup debut for Great Britain.
Draw released for 2022 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Stuttgart including Swiatek, Raducanu, Badosa and return of Andreescu
Seeded eighth in Stuttgart, Raducanu is set to face Australian qualifier Storm Sanders in the first round. The Brit has never played a clay-court tournament on either the WTA or ITF Tours, but tallied her first win on the surface over Tereza Martincova over the weekend.
"It gives me confidence for sure because I played Martincova, who's a great opponent, in Prague, which is her home place," Raducanu said. "It was a heavy clay court. Conditions were cold. So to get that win definitely gave me a lot of confidence. She's a great opponent.
"It's going to be an exciting clay season. I'm not sure how it is going to go. I keep telling everyone around me that one day clay is going to be my surface and I still believe that."